Thursday, October 18, 2012

Blog Tour: Break Out by Nina Croft Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

Hello everyone!! Today is my stop on the Break Out blog tour, hosted by Entangled Publishing. I am excited to have my review and a fantastic guest post from Nina Croft. There is also a giveaway for an ebook copy of Break Out.
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  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Source: ebook provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Overview

The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.
Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous–or so fun!

*This is an adult novel. Suited for readers 18+ My review is suitable for most though.

 My Thoughts

I have recently started getting into the sci-fi genre so when I was asked to be a part of this tour I couldn't refuse. Not only is is sci-fi, but there is quite a good amount of steamy romance in it too. I love the romance novels that Entangled Publishing puts out, so I knew that I wouldn't be disappointed with this book. This was fun, action packed, and has plenty of those scenes that make you want to fan yourself.

I will start by talking about Skylar. She is one of the Collectives. Not just Collective, but in the Corps which is like their military. (Don't worry, that isn't a spoiler, you find that out right when she is introduced.) She is on assignment to break out a prisoner, but she needs help from the best of the best. She has heard the rumors about Rico being a vampire and that is one of the reasons she has chosen his ship. Since she also knows he is a womanizer she thinks she can use that to her advantage too. Little does she know that he is totally drool worthy and hard to resist. She has a very hard time keeping it together around him. Her badass, super chick skills pretty much go out the window when it comes to him and she turns to a puddle of goo. She needs to keep her distance though so he doesn't discover the truth about her. Beyond that, she starts to question herself and wonder if she could really just decide things for herself and not be controlled by the Collective. She feels at home on the space cruiser with Rico and the others. She seemed very real to me and I loved that about her. She was tough, but still vulnerable.

Rico is one hot ladies man, well, vampire. He needs sex like he needs blood. He isn't a crazy out of control vampire though. In fact, he actually has very good self control. It could have been very easy to forget that he was a vampire at time because of how human he seems a lot of the time. He is actually very caring about his crew and he begins to really care about Skylar too. There is just something about her that he can't resist. She defies him, and she plays it so cool most of the time and he finds it totally intriguing. Not to say he isn't able to unravel her very quickly, but she is still very different than what he is used to.

Since I have talked about Skylar and Rico, I will talk about them together. Holy off the charts hotness!! When he gets her to let her guard down, they have some major steamy chemistry. He is so impossible to resist that she has to literally avoid him most of the time or she knows she will end up in his bed, or hers, or the floor... need I go on lol!! Anyways, the scenes where they are together and lost in each other are very hot.

The other characters are really fabulous too. I really liked Tannis. She is no nonsense and tell it as it is. She won't hesitate to tell you that she doesn't like you and that she won't think twice about killing you. Besides the great romance aspect of the book the story was terrific too. I loved what they had to go through to get the information they needed to actually try to get to the prison. They all go into it knowing that it may be impossible and they might not make it out alive. Unlike a normal book where it's easy to plan a break in, since this is in space it makes things much more difficult. It's not just about finding a way in, but timing things correctly with the orbits of the moons and avoiding black holes.

I really enjoyed this book. I never thought that I would fall in love with a sci-fi book like this, but it was just so good in every way. It's interesting to see what some people will go through for immortality and see how the ones who already have it think of forever. And dude! Hot space pirate that totally oozes sex! Total win!! I found myself wanting to douse myself in cold water a number of times, holding my breath in anticipation and worry at others, and having a dumb grin on my face most of the rest of the time. This was fun, adventurous, and hot! 5 out of 5 stars!

Guest Post

Which World?
 
So Amy asked me today:  “If you could live in any fictional world which would you choose and why?”
I think it would have to be a world out of speculative fiction because, given the choice, I don’t want to live in the real world; I want to live somewhere way more exciting. And I guess it’s going to have to be in space, because for as long as I can remember I’ve dreamed of going into space. And not just the moon and Mars and close stuff like that, but far away galaxies and planets. I want to dive down worm holes, get sucked into black holes (as long as I get spat out the other side) discover alien civilizations and boldly go…. You get the picture.
I think it comes from falling in love with Han Solo at an impressionable age (and I still have a huge crush on Han!) But I was also an avid reader of science fiction when I was younger; Frank Herbert’s Dune is still one of my favorites, but also Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke and a load more.
And I’d get to do all the cool things there are to do in space, travel at warp speed, teleport, meet aliens…
If I have to get more specific, then I would choose one of the worlds from my own stories, because then, if there’s anything I don’t like, I can always change it (isn’t being an author wonderful!) And I’m going to choose the world of my Blood Hunter series, because as well as going into the space of my dreams; I get to share it with my paranormal favorites as well.
The Blood Hunter series takes place in a future where man (and a whole load of other things) has fled to the stars and finally settled in a far off galaxy where they have discovered the secret of immortality. And that’s another reason for picking this
world—I so want to live forever and have time to explore all those planets and meet all those aliens.
The books follow the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of the crew of the space ship El Cazador de la Sangre (or The Blood Hunter). Book One, Break Out, is the story of the owner and pilot of El Cazador, Ricardo Sanchez, space pirate and…vampire.
So that’s my ideal world. I’d like to sign on with the crew of El Cazador. I’d get to swagger about on the bridge in my tight black pants and long boots, waving my laser pistol in the air (and I would have somehow morphed into the sort of person who looks good in tight black pants and long boots—hey we’re talking fantasy here!) I can’t wait, but in the meantime, I think I’ll just write another installment.

So if you too could live in the fantasy world of your dreams, which one would it be? Let me know for a chance to win an ecopy of Break Out.

(This will just be a comment to enter, no rafflecopter for this giveaway. Please just leave a comment and a way to contact you (email or twitter) if you win and I will pick a winner using random.org) 
Giveaway will run from 12:00am 10/18/12 to 11:59pm on 10/24/12 
Winner will be chosen on 10/25/12 
Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 
18+ only please
 

About the author

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

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38 comments:

  1. Yeahhh, sci-fi! Glad you're getting into it, Amy! BREAK OUT sounds really good; I'll keep it in mind for if I'm ever in the mood for adult fic. :)
    - Lauren

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    1. It really was fantastic. The world building is awesome, the characters are fun, and the romance is spicy!!

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    2. There is some fantastic sci-fi romance around now - it's definitely worth trying!

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  2. Very nice review, especially about the characters.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. The characters were great! I loved them!

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    2. One of the things I love about writing Sci-fi - is the characters - they can be so much fun and there's absolutely no limits to who and what they can be!

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    3. You did a fantastic job with them. I loved all of the characters!

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  3. This is a GREAT book! Great review, too. You hit it right on. Nina has a way with stories that always leaves me wanting lots, lots more.

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    1. Thanks Bethanne! I didn't even know what to say when I fist sat down to write this review. I felt like nothing I could say would be good enough. I had never read any of Nina's books before and now I want to read all of them. :)

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  4. Aw - you're a sweetie - Bethanne!

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  5. Oh this is entangled? I hadnt noticed, and I love scifi! It's such a refreshing new genre that will probably become way overcrowded in a year so I'll enjoy it while the originality of it lasts hah. I'm also a fan of Entangle book romances so far, and Rico sounds pretty... fascinating! haha. I hadn't seen this book before now but I'm pretty sure I would love it. It has everything I liek in books and I was already a fan of sci-fi! Did ou read Crewel? That's a great sci-fi dystopian

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    1. Hi Giselle - yes I'm Entangled - they are great. I'm off to have a look at Crewel - what a fabulous title!

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    2. Giselle I think you would like this!! Rico is fantastic!! I loved Crewel!!

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  6. Ok...so I have this ebook (so I'm not entering) and when I purchased it, I had every intention of getting to it soon after. Well, you know how that goes sometimes. *sigh* After reading your awesome review, I will definitely be moving it way up the list of my TBR's. I seriously need to be reading this one soon! :-)

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    1. Hi Amber - but do you have the extended version?

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    2. Oh no! I bought mine before August so I guess I have the original version. I didn't realize it was extended! Ok, can I still enter then? :-) :-)

      Ambercruz1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    3. Of course you can still enter. :)

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  7. Wait....a hot sexual vampire/pirate? Did I get that right? This book sounds like a total WIN!

    Great review, Amy! Fingers crossed....

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    1. Lol -don't you just love pirates!

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    2. Oh, you so got that right!! And dude, some of the scenes are sizzling!

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  8. Sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  9. I have seen this one everywhere - especially on Goodreads - and I want it so badly. It looks so awesome and up my alley and AAAAAH! And vampires + sex = awesome in my book. And the guest post rocks my socks. I've always wanted to be a space pirate myself.

    -Megan @ Book Brats

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    1. Lol - Megan - it's nice to know there are more of us aspiring space pirates out there!

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    2. Haha! This comment totally rocks!! Yes, vampires + sex + space pirates (who happens to be the vampire!) = epic awesomeness!!!

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  10. Oooh I like that Skylar is a kick ass woman who's in a position of power. This sounds like it could be totally up my alley. I love a scene that will make me fan myself and what you described sounds great.

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    1. Hi Jenni - Skylar is definitely a strong heroine - maybe not quite strong enough to kick Rico's ass but nearly...

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    2. Skylar is totally badass!! I think you would really like this Jenni!!

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  11. Oh wow! Vampires and way in the future. Sounds interesting.

    Valerie

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    1. Vampires will always be my favorite!

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    2. Yes, it's way, way in the future. I love the whole space setting. It's so cool!!

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  12. Oooh!the cover is totally awesome-sounds kick ass!added it to my TBR. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    nbookaholic(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. SciFi is my favorite and SFR is just an added bonus. Blood Hunter sound like it is right up my alley. I have a hard time picking a fantasy world. It is usually the one I am reading at the moment. jonesjnd at yahoo dot com

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  14. Great review Amy!! Im not THAT into Sci-Fi, but this one does sound interesting! and ooh la la, Rico is one guy i wanna meet! Not sure if this book is for MY age yet (16), but ill be sure to read it one day!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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    1. Yeah, this is definitely an adult read as there is some very detailed sexual scenes. It was fantastic though!!

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  15. This sounds really good. I like a good Sci-Fi book, and with some steamy scenes include, that makes it even better. Wonderful review.

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